Adventures with the Wayback Machine and Starbucks Morning Bun Changes in 2019

In the late 2018/early 2019, I was briefly disappointed when it appeared that Starbucks removed my bakery staple, the Cinnamon Morning Bun (or Morning Bun), from the menu! Luckily, it was only missing for a short time; I discovered later that the morning bun’s brief disappearance was due to a change in recipe.

This is not a food blog so I will not go into details, but the revamped version is a little different. I encourage you to try one for yourself!

One of my drivers for this post is to highlight yet another use case for the “Wayback Machine” and the value/power of the information it contains. In this case, I am referring to the ability to compare historical nutrition facts, ingredients and other information from a restaurant’s online menu. Additionally, I am hoping to leverage some first mover advantage on the morning bun topic to boost my search ranking!

To prove my hypothesis that the recipe changed (and that my most recent morning bun was not just a flattened, slightly different tasting “one off”), I used the trusty “Wayback Machine” (archive.org) to review the appearance, ingredients, and nutrition facts of the previous morning bun vs. the new 2019 one; sure enough, there are differences between the two (and the previous version as well). I have summarized below if this sort of thing interests you.

Fact Pre-2016 2016-2018 Current (2019)
Serving 110g 110g 94g
Calories 350 390 420
Total Fat 15g 15g 22g
Saturated Fat 10g 9g 13g
Trans Fat 0.5g 0.5g 1g
Cholesterol 40mg 45mg 160mg
Sodium 380mg 440mg 440mg
Total Carbohydrate 54g 56g 46g
Dietary Fiber 2g 2g 1g
Sugars 21g 22g 14g
Protein 7g 8g 9g
WayBack Link Link Link NA

And what blog post is complete without images; here are the before and after pictures of the Starbucks Morning Bun.

Pre 2016

The pre-2016 Starbucks Cinnamon Morning Bun

Photo by Starbucks via web.archive.org

2016-2018

The 2016-2018 Starbucks Cinnamon Morning Bun

Photo by Starbucks via web.archive.org

2019+

The new (2019) Starbucks Morning Bun

Photo by Starbucks